blackbirdonline journalFall 2022  Vol. 21  No. 2
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Submissions guidelines have been recently revised. Please review carefully.
The official guidelines are always those in the current issue.

Blackbird’s reading period is now closed after receiving a high volume of submissions.

Rest assured that we will read, consider, and respond to all work submitted before our closure.

Unsolicited emailed submissions will not be read.


Blackbird is now on Submittable!

Please read the following guidelines before you submit. We also recommend you read previous issues as a guide to the quality of work that is of interest to us.

General Guidelines

Poetry: Send up to six poems at a time, but no less than two poems. Set your poem as you want it to appear on the printed page. Submit all poems as a single document.

Fiction: Double-space, please. We primarily look for short stories, but novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained.

Nonfiction: Double-space, please. We primarily look for personal essays, but memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Unsolicited book reviews and criticism are not considered.

Gallery: Plays are accepted. We do not accept unsolicited visual art work, but if you produce video essays, please query us about your work.

Submitting Online

Submitting via Regular Mail

Note: Except in special cases, we will read online submissions first, thus your work will move through our process more quickly if you have submitted online.

Expect six months for a decision, longer if you submit just before the summer break. Do not query until at least six months have passed.

If work is accepted for publication, you must provide an electronic copy as a .doc (Word) or .rtf (rich text format) if you have not already done so. Payment is after publication.

All published work will be archived online.

Direct all queries to: